From today it has become illegal to import or manufacture traditional incandescent 60 watt lightbulbs within the EU. We are now to be forced to buy the so called energy saving light bulbs for which there are plenty of complaints about. They are reported to be more expensive, not as bright, take up to a minute to light up, are ugly and produce unpleasant light. Also much as the EU say you won’t have to change your light fittings, there are plenty of complaints that the new bulbs are simply to bulky for many older design lights.
What was once a 40p or 50p purchase will now be a £3 to £4 cost for the newfangled compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). They’re supposed to last for up to 10 years (I’ve had some blow already so they don’t always) and are supposed to save up to £100 over the life of the bulb. Prices are predicted to rise steeply for energy saving bulbs though, as costs for elements used in their manufacture such as phosphors, which largely come from China, are sky rocketing. Rising manufacturing costs might be real, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the cost of the new bulbs rise even higher once the manufacturers don’t have to compete with the old style bulbs. Expect to see an end to cheap promotions as they’ll no longer have to try to convince us to switch to the inferior new CFLs.
Personally I’m not a rabid tree hugger and what the EU seem to have missed is the fact that conventional bulbs leaking energy isn’t a problem. My cat (as with most cats) will actively seek out the warmest place in the house, and that’s normally in the kitchen under the spot lights which chuck out an enormous amount of heat. Light bulbs tend to be turned on when it’s dark and cold and the radiant heat they generate can in a well insulated house delay the inevitable switching on of the central heating. Ok, realistically you can’t heat a house with light bulbs, but the heat they generate sure doesn’t do any harm.
So what to do? Well you can still buy conventional incandescent bulbs at the moment, but prices are rising and when the shops run out that will be the end of them. There are currently ample supplies of conventional light bulbs available on eBay and I’d suggest stocking up as soon as possible. Many sellers on eBay have , which should keep most homes well lit for the foreseeable future.
I’ve already got a stock of CFL bulbs, and I’ve got a bigger stash of incandescent bulbs at home. I’ll be buying another before supplies dry up – at just 50p a bulb on eBay (delivered) it’s a bargain and I’ll be able to flick a switch and have instant light for the foreseeable future.
What will you do? Are you going to stock up on incandescent light bulbs or do you like the new energy saving CFLs? If you’re in the lighting industry did you stock up on incandescent light bulbs and will you do a deal for TameBay readers?